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thank you for choosing r.t. were of you're watching around the world are coming to live from moscow and these are all top stories this thursday afternoon the third of seats in the egyptian parliament are declared void in the last hour by the country's highest court with the parliament now facing suspension and another ruling allows hosni mubarak's former premier to stay in the presidential race for the runoff to take place this weekend also headlining from our t.v. moscow a suicide car bomb explosion in just ten in damascus but syrian officials say terror tactics are being stepped up to pave the way for foreign military intervention the blast comes just days after al qaeda second in command called on is to help rebel
groups fight syrian government forces. and the russian opposition journalist claims he was threatened with death by the country's top investigator but the officials dismissed the accusations as the ravings of a madman. you're just half a minute away from our spotlight program focusing on the vision for europe as seen by its chief economic powerhouse germany. good lover tory was able to build a new. fortunately dorna found anything. to teach music creation why it should care about humans in the world this is why you should care only dot com.
hello again and welcome to spotlight the show on our prime album innovative today my guest on the program. i thought. it was germany. russian president chose his destination for the first official visit outside but. what does this choice mean for the relations between russia and germany and between russia and europe in general europe which is now in the grip of an economic turmoil who ask this and other questions to a prominent expert in international relations in germany. but important travel plans have received a lot of media attention lately after him. and went to belarus and.
germany. contra to visit. president germany has long been brushes. and one of the biggest markets. russia germany trade was worth the records. countries are also working together. which would deliver russia. its first line was launched in. hello mr brown welcome to the show thank you very much for being with us well first of all how was it seen here in germany that mr putin chose berlin as his first destination in europe first foreign destination outside the post seven space you know we have two. schools of thought in germany concerning russia one is very interesting ethic about russia this is a business community and the into the ethical way of course welcomed mr putin here
in germany and they understand that for mr putin they can do business with russia and as long as he's in power they will face stability on the russian market and this simply see no alternative to him and can't imagine any real alternative for him in the next six years there's another small school of thought that a lot of i would say moralists liberals here in germany who would rather like to conduct a policy oriented and focused solely on values towards russia and to they think that russia is departing from democracy they think that russia is turning towards totally tarion system and they didn't welcome putting it all so so so the reaction was mixed but german chancellor angela merkel she pressed putin to allow democratic diversity ike want to develop in russia how serious is this issue on
democracy in miracles policy towards putin very difficult to understand. german. it's a value oriented policy of the reality politic which is also always traditional in germany germany's eastern policy mrs america said. two or three weeks ago. that crane is a dictatorship she very much criticized which she also very much criticized the question. also as a dictator i think that in the past couple of days she understood that she controls the east and while criticizing me on the court which for having you let emotion can present she had to balance somehow this kind of harsh criticism was more a real politic approach towards russia because the business in germany has very strong interests in the east and if america would concentrate only on the value or
the policy only criticizing russia for not being democratic then business would feel it on the russian markets and also the human to human contacts will suffer so i think she she says she's ok in that she's trying to do both when she talks about values of course the sense that it signals to her own people here in germany but nevertheless she understands that the riyadh political approach is very important towards a complicated but a very important partner russia there was an article in sheffield i think in germany warning about a new ice age in there coming up in the russian german who ations then it was followed by a couple of publications in russian and the please the russian expert expert committee started talking about problems that may happen in russian german relations because they said merkel liked medvedev as a partner more than she likes putin is it true or is that speculation well it's
things because. because you could witnesses that. not only miss america but the of the west favorite video clearly or put in because of send the right message just to the west and individual appear to be more western like more democratic more liberal than the putin who is in many ways connected with. traditional authoritarian policy in russia isn't put in a more real politik then i would say made a video for the president was also very much out politics but i wouldn't put too much weight into what was formerly saying about me bit of yes she liked him a little bit more than but she's real politik enough they all for the titian enough to understand that innocent russia russia put in germany for the next decades centuries needs good till ations was russia we can build
a europe was old russia so she has also to deal with putin and i think she will do it at this for the next year until the german elections we don't know who will be german chancellor after next september did this visit did the fact that the new president started his relations with the world from germany did it somehow. add to systems some more understanding when proven tough understanding between the two capitals. i mean video of course in this four years had a very good relationship with america and a lot of things especially in the sphere of business press but i would also say in the context between elites about civil societies mehmood forward. i could have been for example the people dialogue meeting every year and who's developing into a very interesting vehicle of cook a connection between two nations to states if you want and to elites but don't forget that putin is long enough in power and mrs america was before becoming
chancellor of germany as the leader of the opposition party in the german bundestag for many years so she knows putin very well or more or less well since he became russian president and she has a working relationship with him from all the european leaders and you see the the french president has gone tony blair has gone in britain obama is relatively new bush was leading america the first decade of the century mrs merkel remains the old veteran coming events. of course a very responsible in in what she's doing for the west now she is still to meet leader of europe secret about this and she feels more and more for it was each year when she's in power that kind of responsibility and that means that she also feels a lot of responsibility towards russia and of course even if she may be disliked
fortune because of his biography nevertheless i think she will do good work with him and by the way i watch this press conference during their visit and detected some positive chair mr between those of those two leaders let's hear more on this now from. this report from the heart of germany. burrowing have gone very much dependent on each other trade between the two can't. chris has been ruined by whoops and downs in poor children he remains russia's main mediator in his dialogue with the west one of why the reporters first official presidential visit was to burrow in despite all that oh it's a very simplistic forecast in. the country. that might mean spreading over russia's relations with the home of the e.u. although a recent joint press conference between the respective leaders in berlin was mostly
about mutual understanding on the issue of syria he was not devoid of a fly and the german chancellor is raising the issue of democracy in russia for minors i made it clear on my part that we have every interest in democratic diversity in russia been able to develop further because my experience is it is only that way that a truly robust civil society can rise which supports the development of the country . and that was just one of the mutual reproaches in russia's dialogue with europe that same day and a news conference in paris it was vital hinton's turn to criticize the west he spoke of russia's need for guarantees and plans for a european missile defense shield an issue which has always disturbed russia. in the past we've often been promised that nato wouldn't expand then we were promised that nato wouldn't put military hardware near russia because the bush seen it
expand and its bases spread now we need guarantees usually the. another stumbling block in russia's relations with the e.u. is the stalled negotiations over creating a more user friendly visa regime the problem was discussed at length at the recent russia e.u. summit in st petersburg russia stance on the syrian crisis remains one more point of disagreement as the country has been happily criticised by some of its european partners for its rejection. military intervention in syria. well one of the fields of disagreements between russia and europe in general most of germany one of europe's leaders is of course syria the rising tensions in syria what's going on in this country the attitude because europe things that russia is backing the syrian leader russia is saying that europe is trying to interfere so do you think there can be a compromise between russia and the west in the middle east policy. the compromise
here is not on syria syria is secondary and the whole thing a power game which which is being. which is developing in the near east and where europe russia and that state is very much involved i would say the big question is here about the future world order and here of course the germans don't understand the russian position they think that russia is backing the syrian leader what is from my point of view not true russia. is not backing. out and syria is not such a big friend of russia what is true is that has to be understood in the studio here in the west that russia does not want to help the west to create new when you let a world order where nato would act as a policeman that can leave yesterday and tomorrow in syria because nato or nato
states decides who is civilian and who is a good guy here in the world in the world politics and this is what russia wants to prevent and here russia is very close the connection of course with china china has the same interest to create a multipolar world where there will be many centers of power and where there will be no single made center which would make decisions to punish and who not if you miss misbehaves in world affairs you know if if i get it rightly my impression is that a europe and germany as one is not also very very much interested in becoming a policeman anywhere including the middle east because that they are if it's a uni polar world is going to be the united states and not nato. the problem only is that we're live in the in a new world concerning information state the g.'s information communications the role of the media has grown. very extensively in the
past couple of years and those pictures which are being produced by the western media is are being very becoming guidelines for politicians what i want to say that if you see more and more pictures of what is happening in syria as this massacre which took place there a couple of weeks ago you can close your eyes to the petition because of the societies your elites demand that you do something with that because people don't don't want to see it they think that this is a criminal act that this is a genocide what is happening in syria as a genocide which from the point of view of the west what's happening in libya and they force the politicians to react if the politicians don't react they loose or sort of the look simple little sympathies here and also power so in a certain way this is a very complicated game between media images which are being created the politicians have to react. i mean sound there was
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world with. its technology innovation all the developments around russia we've got the future covered. welcome back to spotlight i'm al green of and my guest on the show today is alex on the ground a prominent german political analyst we're talking about the recent recent put his visit to germany and also about the first moves in the foreign policy of the newly elected russian president mr rouse you just mentioned the first steps and the reaction here in germany to the first steps of mr putin after his visit to berlin he came back to moscow and he met with the europeans in st petersburg rather where
he was insisting that europe should abolish visas for russians and in moscow it was seen as the main international go for this. for this term. in office do you believe this will happen. her colleagues should look into the our hives and then they will detect that putin made the proposal of abolished spec in two thousand to ten years ago so it has been he said gender of his first term and of his second term and was. presidency which also was devoted to abolishing the visas between the european union and russia but we know that there are problems. many technical problems in this regard. which some have to be solved i think it's a nonsense and i said it of many occasions before that representatives of the latin american countries of course the united states canadians israelis can travel to
europe without visas even some representatives of northern african countries could go with obvious us to france or spain but russians are koreans and belarusians need visas i think that situation must change and my guess is that until the soccer championship in russia in eighteen. this issue will be solved our german ex foreign minister yesterday fisher said recently that merkel leads europe to ruin with her austerity measures well how do these measures serve her popularity do you think that there is a probability that miracle will follow sarkozy and berlusconi. we are now in a very interesting moment when this austerity policy which was conducted and developed by mrs america and the conservative french president sarkozy may change the maybe another compromise everything looks like a compromise where there are two measures that will remain in place but will be
mixed with some kind of other policies of supporting grows in europe that includes more government changing maybe maybe even more money printing we are still in a very deep crisis and the solution is now that. when you saying we are in a clearly germany early in the u.n. germany of course germany is also in the crisis of can't avoid this lead your money is in a crisis but what should we say about greece and spain the. greeks are somewhere else than the crisis but europe is in the crisis but europe is not falling apart and they are scenarios of what might happen i mean one of the scenarios which is widely discussed in europe is a change of the euro zone i mean greece will leave the euro zone but poland will become the member of the euro zone a stone member of this or a zone sweden will enter the results of the no catastrophe i think will happen the problem is that the aura zone will change and greece will leave and the south some
countries will also maybe have problems and staying there or a zones like italy spain and portugal we will deal with a different europe we are you talking about greece leaving the euro zone is something normal but many other people including financial risk would say this is cast this this is the end of the euro well there are already troubles and i and the markets today here you don't see it as a comparative i mean not you personally but german the germany in general greece makes two percent of the european economy. greece will not suffer badly if they go out of the euro of the depths which. they accumulated will be forgiven anyway this was the main reason why we kept greece in the aura zone for the past two three years or so probably some experts right in saying that it's degree was had to marley or no big deal if after greece other countries will follow
it will be a big deal if. even conservative david cameron the british prime minister called the e.u. governments to create a budget union in order to save the euro would germany approve such a decision because they will have to to pay the biggest sure thank you for the advice mr cameron by yourself for almost leaving the european union because you don't want to do anything with with this sort of problems. which which we have. but. this is the way this is the way how the german politicians and german salit see it more europe better than less europe because it will stop in the process of building of the common european states. the danger is that we will fall back into the national states in europe because europe will not bind countries together and the whole the idea of europe will suffer and we are in
a very decisive moment in the next months where politicians have to take right decisions i see in the the decisive moment and then european politics today because the relations between germany and france are or have a very strained you know better than me and they they were never easy but the two countries for five of the last decade they were the main driving force behind the european union now when when merkel lost sara because he as a closest ally do you think new problems may appear between germany and france if you argue politically then you can say that yes there is a danger that france will become the leader of the so-called south against. austerity policy of mrs merkel in the norse of europe but at the same time i mean every normal thinking european world phase of the german french mortar or the german french allies alliance is the key alliance for europe and if this breaks
apart then. the whole european idea that the german french motor and the german french alliance and corporation is very important and if you look back to the to the surpassed even twenty years you always have seen even the terms even by the french to say that if things will go bat let's start to create a common a common state together those germans in order to save europe what i would argue is that in germany and in france the idea of keeping this europe as it is even strength and it's this is key it's still was out of turn a tiff and it will stay for a couple of time is there such a thing as euro skepticism i mean as a serious thing in germany is there sort of a year for the business market for example i don't protect it in germany because the germans so far have won from the or because germany is producing something here
on its territory. other than other countries in europe who do not do this and germany can sell its product on a much larger interior european market so a lot of people benefit from this and look at the numbers in germany yes i told you before we are in a crisis we are in a crisis because the middle class is suffering from too many taxations from all this money which it has to pay for everything but on the same time we don't have a mess an employment like in spain or in italy or in portugal or in greece we have some perspectives on the global markets there is we don't have a radical party like in greece or and some other countries which could be elected the top of germany there is more stability in the than elsewhere in germany and this might be a very good also sign for europe that there is still a good chance then the worst will be hopefully soon over what about the nationalistic problem i mean as we saw on the recent election can be in france. and
shona's. politics is becoming pretty anti-semitic in europe and this is worrying for many people do you have signs of that in germany is that what we know anti semitic i disagree i mean this is this is not what i see but. muslim. say for a nurse. other. it's a key problem maybe in countries where you have mass unemployment where people are losing any kind of perspective for what to do how to live in future but not in germany because i said there's not no unimproved no muslim if you look look look at our elections we have elections every year in on the federal level every four year but we have elections regularly lections in. the communes on the criminal level and in the lender and you don't see any radical
party coming up lately with more stability than elsewhere thank you thank you very much mr i just reminded of my guest from the show today was alexander farrar prominent german political analyst and that's it for now for the spotlight will be back with more first hand comments on what's going on in and outside russia until then stay on r.t. and take a.